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Linked

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
After witnessing a violent quarrel between his parents, Greg feels confused, resentful, and angry. His father accused his mother of having an affair fifteen years ago. If it's true, this man may not be Greg's father. Into this mix comes the link. Steve hates his stepfather. He has struggled for years to find out why his mother would choose to remain with a man who ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 26th 2009 by Demarche Publishing LLC (first published January 10th 2008)
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Chris Phillips
Mar 17, 2010 Chris Phillips rated it it was amazing
Linked by Olive Peart ISBN 978-0-9823077-0-0
Review by Chris Phillips
What does it feel like to be someone else? What happens if one person changed into another’s body? Peart has written a young adult novel about just that. She takes the two protagonists, Steve and Greg, through this exchange.
Greg is a sophomore in a public school. His mother is raising her two sons alone in an apartment. Steve is a sophomore in a private school. His mother is raising him with the help of his stepfather in an aff
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Sheila
Olive Peart certainly knows her teenagers, and she knows the segregated high school world of cliques and misunderstandings. Linked tells the tale of two teens, one black, one white, whose lives are oddly similar despite their obvious differences. Unfortunately for them (or perhaps fortunately) their lives are also linked. When family problems stretch relationships with those they love to breaking point, this curious link between two boys who’ve never even met grows suddenly strong.

The author han
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Nikki
May 31, 2014 Nikki rated it it was ok
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I won a copy of Linked through the Goodreads FirstReads program.

Linked is an interesting take on the "Freaky Friday Flip" trope mixed with a look at race relations between teenagers.

In most body switch plots, the goal is to get the two characters to improve their relationship with each other. In Linked, the switch is meant to improve the relationships with their family by allowing them to see the situation from an outside perspective. I found this refreshing and it's done reasonably well.

My mai
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Brittany
Sep 07, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
I won this book for free from the Goodread's First Reads giveaway.

I feel this book can be enjoyed by many readers, ages 12 and all the way up to adulthood. I am 27 and I really enjoyed this story. This book is basically about 2 boys, one caucasian and one african american, that switch spots and end up "walking in each others shoes". Each boy is then faced with each other's family problems. This is a common idea and there have been other books and movies in regards to this but I found this book
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Cassandra Ulrich
Jul 29, 2016 Cassandra Ulrich rated it liked it
Olive Peart's "Linked" is a story about two teen boys, dealing with difficulties in their own families when suddenly their consciousnesses switch places. As if that wasn't challenging enough, they are of different ethnicities, with one African American and the other Caucasian.

The premise is an interesting one, especially the way they survive the culture shock of being in the bodies and homes of a boy they never met. The telepathic connection is a neat twist. However, with the addition of spousal
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Trisha Law
Jun 06, 2013 Trisha Law rated it liked it
Received from Goodreads.

It was not a bad read... but I didn't find it to be anything special. It has good character development, and I liked the connection aspect (but that idea has been done far too often).
Emi
Mar 06, 2013 Emi rated it liked it
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A fast read that covers racial issues and family problems. I wish there was a little more focus on the boys figuring out their relationship and less on the individual problems, but overall it wasn't a bad read.
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